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The Civic Society AGM on 15th April marks the point where I step down as Chairman after a fulfilling ten years which was often challenging but consistently focussed on Buntingford.

Continuity is essential and I am very pleased that committee members are stepping in to the range of roles and actions which assure that our long-established Civic Society continues to do its good work for the Town and surrounding villages.

It is difficult to home in on particular achievements over the last ten years but the following examples come to mind as valuable to the wider community:

Growth of the Buntingford Journal.

Town boundary signs with seasonal planting.

Founder member of the national organisation Civic Voice.

Cleaned-up the River Rib on a number of occasions.

Financial support for the Christmas lights, Town Carnival and numerous other important causes, especially our schools.

Substantial contribution to the funding of BTC and BARD in their highly professional evidence at the Wheatley Homes and Taylor Wimpey appeals. The inspector congratulated BTC and BARD on their performance and was critical of EHC.

The creation of a website and Facebook connection with a wider community.

A current success is the unanimous rejection by East Herts Development Management Committee of the Aspenden Road planning application. This is an encouraging example of the collaborative expertise of BTC, BCS, BARD and the CofC which needs to develop for the future.

To go back to the headline, the future is yours so get involved or others will dictate how things will be.

Thanks to everybody who has given me assistance and guidance over the last ten years.

Derek K Cooper, Chairman.

BCS AGM on 15th April - click here for more information.

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